A Walking Tour of Ritzy St. Moritz Village
Engadin St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Exclusive sights: Escalator up to the center to see sublime five-star hotels (including the Palace and Kulm), top restaurants like Chesa Veglia, exclusive shops along Via Serlas, plus the church, schoolhouse square, leaning tower, and innovative Chesa Futura building.
- Fabulous views: Perched above 6,000 feet in the Swiss Alps, the village has spectacular scenery, and your guide shows you the best vistas of the mountains and Lake Moritz.
- Private and personalized tour: Hear fascinating stories from past and present, set your own pace, ask questions, and even add sights you want to see in this jet-set destination.
- Segantini Museum (optional): Admire the paintings of Italian artist Giovanni Segantini whose brush captured the Alps' beauty. (Visit arranged if time allows, plus entrance fee.)
About this Engadin St. Moritz Tour
St. Moritz is called "The Top of the World." Not only has the town trademarked the phrase, it's earned it. This stylish village is near the highest summit in the Eastern Alps and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, in 1928 and 1948. Named for the early Christian martyr, Saint Maurice, this locale was a hot spot for pilgrims seeking out its healing waters. It's now the pinnacle of high living. Watch for A-listers popping out of the opulent hotels, luxury boutiques, and restaurants that line the village streets.
Strolling this chic town surrounded by epic mountain panoramas, you share the thrilling sense of exclusivity in the air. Yet it was ahotelier's bet that made this swankyspot what it is today. The Kulm Hotel opened its regal doors in the heart of St. Moritz in 1856. Its founder, Johannes Badrutt, welcomed his guests, mostly from England, in the summertime. But wanting to expand his business, he made a daring wager. In 1864, he told his summer guests they could enjoy St. Moritz's sunny winter days in their shirtsleeves on his terrace. And if he was wrong, their stay would be on the house.
Anxious to escape the cold, damp British winter,his guests returned, braving a crossing of the Julier Pass in horse-drawn sleighs. Just weeks later, the Brits sported suntans (St. Moritz enjoys over 300 days of sunshine annually), Badrutt was happy, and winter tourism was born. Our bet is you'll adore this sunny, scenic village, too.
Move over Pisa
The world's least-perpendicular tower may not be in Italy at all. St. Moritz's leaning tower (you'll see it opposite the Kulm Hotel) dates back to the 12th century. That makes it about the same age as Pisa's famous tower, but its tilt is greater. The St. Moritz tower, once part of an old church, leans at about 5.5 degrees. After restoration was completed in 2001, Pisa's tower leans only about 3.9 degrees. It can't angle for top spot now.
Please make your way to St. Moritz station or we will meet you at your hotel. Confirm your desired location at check out. At the designated time, please look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, French, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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